About this project
Passion Planner is a paper planner designed with your passions and personal goals in mind. It seamlessly balances functionality, personal reflection and goal setting in one beautiful handcrafted planner.
Measuring the same size as a sheet of printer paper, Passion Planner is printed on high quality, recycled, and bleed resistant paper, then lovingly hand bound in a durable and low profile soft leather cover complete with an elastic enclosure strap.
It is composed of:
- weekly appointment calendars that run from January 2014 - December 2014
- two prioritized to-do lists (one for personal and one for work)
- designated sections for annual, monthly, weekly and daily focus goals
- a weekly "good things that happened" log
- weekly inspirational quotes and corresponding weekly challenges
- blank space to tailor the journal to your needs (draw, journal, take notes, etc.)
- annual goal setting guide to help you brainstorm, define, and create actions for your goals your lifetime, 3 year, 1 year, and one month goals.
- monthly check in reflection pages and questions
- annual and monthly overview calendars
- genuine soft leather cover
- super smooth high quality 100 gsm thick paper, about 1.75 times thicker than a standard sheet of printer paper to resist ink bleeding from fountain pens
- full A4 size (about the same size of a sheet of 8.5”x11” printer paper) to allow lots of writing space and prevent clutter
- about 160 pages (80 leaves)
I really want this planner to be a tool to help people reach their goals and chase their passions and knowing from experience how it feels like to be a full time college student I know how tight money can get especially around the holidays. With that being said I have released a blank version of the Passion Planners weekly layout for anyone to download and print for free.
Print one week, fill in the dates and try it out. If you like it a lot go ahead and print out enough for the whole year. The only thing I ask is if you like it share it with a friend. Think of it as my early Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year gift to you.
P.S. I've been asked why do this, why offer this for free especially when my Kickstarter still needs a lot more funding and this could result in losing potential backers.
I really want people to be able to use it, regardless of their financial ability. I believe people will give when they can and when they want to support a vision; I appreciate that kind of business model. I'm doing this project to help people and not to make money. I think when you genuinely help people everything else will fall into place.
PRO-TIP Print it out and staple it in a manila folder. Super light, minimalist and practical. Also you can write directly on manila folders giving you tons of space to take notes.
At the beginning of 2013, while suffering from the feeling of "directionless floating" caused by post-college uncertainty, I realize that I was clearly not the only person facing this feeling. I felt like I had done everything right, graduated from one of the best universities on the planet, made "proper career choices", and followed my passions, but still something was wrong. I was stuck, I was scared, and I had no idea which way I wanted to go next.
I thought about how this was possible, how the years of overachieving effort could leave me with such a feeling of emptiness so I sat down and reflected.
I concluded that society, and more specifically how our educational system is constructed and how it rewards following rules, meeting deadlines, completing assignments in order to gain outside approval or to avoid punishment, and constantly comparing our worth and success to that of others, is what lays the foundation for this problem. But it is our fear of the uncertain that makes it grow.
I realized that this feeling of emptiness and directionless runs rampant in us when fear is the primary motivating force that drives our actions and not love. It is fear from punishment, from not looking as good as someone else, from looking dumb, from not being see as "good enough" for someone else, from not being able to secure a good career later on, and so on that fuels our action. And this is highly problematic.
From the first day we walk into preschool to the day we graduate college our lives are governed by these rules, standards and goals that others have placed for us; significantly handicapping and excusing us from creating goals that are self motivated and driven. In turn, when we are faced (for what may be the first time) to make our own choices, take action and face the uncertain consequences of our choices, we feel overwhelmed and we flip out.
We ask ourselves "What if I don't make as much money as so and so?", "What if I make the wrong choice?", "What would blah, blah, blah, think of me?", "Will my parents agree with this choice?", "Am I thinking over all the possibilities and weighing the consequences?" .. We think, we think, we think... and think some more but fail to ACT; our perfectionism paralyzes us; the fear of failure is too much; and the cons of making the wrong choice make us imagine and physiologically experience the stresses of what potentially could go wrong and we find ourselves feeling stuck, alone and lost.
How do I know all of this? I've done it myself. And why do I think I have a solution? Because I've made a product that I wish someone gave me when I feeling lost.
I want to turn the system on its head. I want to make love, gratitude and self-motivation the primary force that propelled action. I wanted to help people pursue their passions; to pursue that thing that makes them excited to get up everyday because when you follow your passion you never have to work a day in your life. Work feels like playful experimentation, projects stop being scary and start looking like adventures, failures look like valuable experiences, and success are just the remnants of a beautiful process not the end goal. When you create your ideal reality through action the present becomes a gift, that you live every moment of your life.
I might be idealistic to think that paper bound in leather, could be the answer to this huge problem wrecking havoc on my fellow peers... but I think it's a start.
I wanted to help people overcome that feeling by making a tool that sat them down to clearly define their goals and dreams, break them down into more actionable steps, and then write them in a place that they would see and use everyday and a planner was PERFECT for this. I wanted people to use this planner as a compass that they could use to guide their daily decisions. It's simple. You ask yourself is what I am going to do today going to get me closer to my goals? Yes? Do it. No? Don't do it.
And that's how Passion Planner was born.
For those creatives who need a little more structure: We all know someone who has amazing ideas, yet can't seem to follow through. This planner gives individuals the opportunity to not only have a place to brainstorm and create new ideas, but a to-do list and appointment calendar to encourage planning and action.
For those structured who need a little more creativity/spontaneity: We also all know someone that is a little too uptight who is all work and no play. Blank spaces, journaling, reflection and "good things that happened" sections provide the opportunity for reflection and new ideas.
For those who like to journal, reflect and the freedom of blank space: Journal spaces give the uncommon ability for someone to reflect, take notes, and write in the same planner they use to keep track of their daily to-do's and schedule. Also monthly, questions keep you checking in with yourself and your progress on your goals.
For those who feel overwhelmed with cluttered thoughts: We all know how it feels to have a brain itch; that feeling you get when you can't seem to remember what you have to do. Having a planner that is a calendar, to-do list AND a journal allows you to have one place to jot down information. It's like having a second brain on standby that stores information ready to use when you need it, no sooner no later.
For those juggling multiple lives: Whether you are a high school student juggling classes and extra-curriculars, a recent grad unsure of what to do next, or a professional looking to find ways to have more family time in the sea of work, this is planner is for you. It is structured enough to give you a solid planning foundation yet flexible enough for you to tailor it to your needs.
The money will be solely used in the first large scale production of these planners, including manufacturing and shipping.
I came up with this idea about a year ago when thinking about what kind of tool I wish I had for myself when I was feeling a little lost. I got started and became a little overwhelmed with all the details that needed to be considered. I wanted to make this planner perfect and have all of the elements that I wanted in a planner myself, and for a few months my perfectionism paralyzed me. About a month ago after talking to a friend about this planner idea I had been thinking about for so long and hearing her enthusiasm I realized that even though it may have not have been perfect in my eyes, it was still lightyears beyond what was available in the market in terms of a planner that addressed all of the issued that mine addressed. For more than 9 months I’ve been dreaming, planning, wishing, procrastinating, spending, reworking, scrapping, reworking (again), mind mapping, researching suppliers, tweaking, dreading, cutting, testing, protyping, asking, printing and so much more. In the last month, I've been "test-running" the planner with a few of my friends to ensure its ability to be used across many different lifestyles, as well as to correct or improve the user experience.
For the first few months I tried to create the layout on the computer first. This was really difficult because reformatting, rearranging and resizing takes a lot of time and energy on the computer. Note to fellow/future designers: Do your work first on the comfort and flexibility of paper and then when you are pretty satisfied with the layout and spacing then switch over to translating it into a computer file. If I would have done this I would have saved myself months of time and frustration. Haha
One of the dozens of drafts I made of the weekly spread. With its balance of space for the practical and the reflective, I eventually decided I liked this one in particular and moved forward with this general layout.
So bear with me and just imagine my pages printed within a notebook just like the one on the left.
I have teamed up with a book binding company who is one of the best companies in its field. They have had more than 12 years of book binding and journal printing experience and have maintained clients including Moleskine and Hugo Boss over the years. Their headquarters have industrial factories capable to print, bind and finish the planner from start to finish. Based on their reputation and past work I am completely confident that they will be able carry out this project in a timely manner without sacrificing quality.
For almost a month we have come up with the perfect prototype for this planner taking careful thought and consideration for all the details. We have already picked out the leather, paper color, weight, and quality, margin spacing, finishes, band and book marking ribbons color and widths. I have the files that will be used to create the inner pages complete and prepped for print. Currently we are at the point where once we receive funding we will be completely ready to finish production in order you them to you before Christmas at the earliest and early January at the latest. And that's where you wonderful backers come in! Once backed the manufacturing process will look like this:
1) The print company will take the file that I have designed and do any modifications necessary to make sure all pages line up, are in the correct order and ensure that the file will look sharp and clean when printed. Then these pages will go to print.
2) While the internal pages are being printed, correlated and bound into sleeves by the print company the book binding company will laser cut the leather to fit the planner exactly.
3) The pages will then be installed into the planner at the same time as the bookmarking ribbon.
4) Next the internal cover sheets are glued into place and the elastic band is installed into the back cover of the planner.
5) Corners will then be rounded using a laser cutter.
6) Lastly, each planner will be checked for quality and individually packaged in a plastic sleeve for shipment.
7) Then the goods will be shipped to my door where I will carry out the fulfillment of the planners to their respective homes myself. I have already found a forwarder to ship them to my door as well as worked out a plan with USPS to have them shipped in a timely fashion.
I am doing everything in my power to have it out and delivered to your door by Christmas 2013, but understanding that there are often unforeseen delays in the manufacturing and shipping process (especially around the holiday season). I am going to play it safe and say early January 2014. For this reason it is important that backers respond to the information survey as quickly as possible after this Kickstarter ends so I can get your planner in your hands ASAP.
Risks and challenges
As of right now, the only challenge I see is getting this product out in time to give as gifts for Christmas. Again, although it is my goal to get it in your hands by then, I hope you understand that setbacks do arise in terms of manufacturing and shipping. So all I ask in advance is for patience and that backers respond to the information survey as quickly as possible after this Kickstarter ends so I can get your planner in your hands ASAP.
I am overseeing every step of the process myself to ensure that you receive a quality product that you can cherish for a long time. Trust me, I am just as excited as you are to get one of these planners in your hands!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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